Erigone atra

Erigone atra

I discovered this tiny money spider floating in mid-air attached to a sliver of fine silk as I stepped out into my back garden last year. A very small, shiny black spider with yellowish brown legs in females and reddish brown legs in males. One of several similar species. Body length up to 2.88mm.

Erigone atra

A very common aeronaut, often seen ballooning through the air on a silk thread. It feeds on flies and other winged insects which may fly into their webs.

Erigone atra

Seen throughout the year. Found in a variety of habitats. A common and widespread species throughout Britain.

Photographs of Erigone atra taken July 2015, rear garden, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2015. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

6 thoughts on “Erigone atra

    • Thank you, Annika 🙂 I recall whenever my Dad found a money spider in his hair, he said this meant good fortune. I believe it comes from an old wives tale, meaning good fortune.

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      • I just mentioned the money spiders to my husband and he was told as young that if one landed on your head you had to catch it on the thread, spin it three times around you head and it it was still attached to the thread you’d have good fortune! I love these beliefs/sayings.

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